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Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle

July 9, 2018:
Captain Morgan said bunker were moving around a lot this week making it hard to stay on the bass bite. There seems to be more consistent bass action in the western Sound and out in the Race. Bluefish are scattered and what people are catching seem to be small. Weakfish are still being caught in local waters. Sea bassing is still very good, but we're seeing a lot more small fish now—more work for a limit or a knothead. Porgies are pretty much on fire at just about any rock pile now. Blue crabbing is heating up a little more every week.

Previous Reports

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said there was a run of nice stripers this week coming through Southwest and then Kimberly and Faulkners. These fish were mostly in the 38- to 44-inch range and the action was good. Schoolies have been very cooperative in the bays and rivers, plenty of action for the kayak crowd. Porgy action is hot right now, most spots with a little bottom structure are giving up fish. Sea bassing is still good, but the fish have been a little smaller overall this week, averaging in the 2- to 3-pound range. Harbor blues are moving in now also.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said schoolie stripers have been in tight to the beach this week, especially in the coves. A few guys have been getting some big ones too after dark on eels or chunks. Fluking seems to be slowly getting better; local catches are dominated by shorts but there seem to be more and more keepers coming back every day—particularly for those fishing deep. Sea bass action got a shot in the arm when NY opened and the fishing has been very good with some nice fish in the mix. Water temps are still low for this time of year but things are looking up.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said the reefs continue to produce nice bass, most of them in the 30- to 45-inch range; the Beacon was particularly hot late in the week. Porgies are biting well on most of the reefs too, Faulkners, Kimberly and Charles have been the top producers. Sea bass action is still holding strong in deep water. Flukers are lamenting a rash or short fish but the guys fishing deeper with whole baits are sticking it out for a few bites with some big ones in the mix. Bunker are moving around but some bass and big blues are moving around with them. With Father's Day being on everyone's minds Capt. asked that we deliver a message for a local father who lost his son last week. The message is simple, wear your life preserver, they save lives. A sobering reminder that the sport we all love and think of as 'pure fun' comes with very real danger and can demand the ultimate price if we're not careful. Be safe out there.

  • June 11, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said they saw an explosion of bigger bass this week with fish around 40 inches being caught regularly and fish from 30 to 40 pounds pretty common as well. These fish are mostly coming from the reefs and eels and bunker are doing the bulk of the damage. They also saw an influx of small blues this week blitzing the beaches and chomping virtually everything in sight. Fluking has still be lagging back a bit, catches have been on the slower side with shorts making up most of the catches, a few bigger fish have been showing at the Sand Shoal, and things should improve rapidly from here on out. Sea bassing has been hot, 3- to 5-pound fish have been coming in regularly. Crabs are starting to emerge in the rivers and bays now too.

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665

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